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Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Donuts

Since I bought a Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan last fall I have used it er…maybe 3 times. So I figured it was time to pull it out and give it another good use. I had seen a recipe for gluten-free donuts on Detoxinista this past week. I don’t have an issue with using locally raised eggs once in a while, as I live in an area rich with small personal farms. It isn’t often we indulge, due to cholesterol issues (which is why we eat mostly vegan/plant-based). My brother was visiting though, and I thought these might be a nice snack for the guys – while they kept working so hard on getting the boy’s new play set built in the backyard.

It was nice to have a lightly sweet snack without feeling bogged down – no heavy wheat or deep-frying in these.


I followed her recipe for the most part, but omitted the glaze. Instead, when I removed them from the oven, I sprinkled on maple sugar. The heat melted it just enough for it to stick. Yum!


Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Donuts


  • ¼ cup Coconut Flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°, liberally grease a 6 count donut pan with coconut oil, set aside.

Whisk the coconut flour through salt together in a medium bowl.

Whisk the eggs through vanilla together, pour over dry, whisk until batter comes together.

Open a zip top bag, scrape batter in, push out air and seal tightly. Snip off a corner, pipe into the pan.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until done. Let cool for 15 minutes, then remove. I followed her suggestion: clip your fingernails under the edge of each donut gently, turn to spin, pop out. If you have a slick pan and used a liberal coating of oil, they pop right out with minimal cleanup.

Enjoy plain, drizzle a glaze on or do as I did, and sprinkle on maple sugar when right out of the oven.

Makes 6 donuts.

8 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Donuts

  1. Ahh! I JUST bought a donut plug in maker last weekend on clearance! I can’t wait to make a recipe with it! Those look good. They don’t remind me of a typical donut that I used to eat, which is probably a Good thing, lol! 😉

  2. What if I don’t have a fancy donut pan? How do you suggest substituting? Could I pipe them onto a flat pan and bake as cookies? Or maybe a muffin pan, only filling partway? I think/hope these will work for little man – he wants and enjoys plain chocolate but can’t handle it when said chocolate starts getting soft in his hand. And if we aren’t paying attention and the offending chocolate actually melts on his hand, he gets upset. (complicated sensory issues). Or if you can think of something else…

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